Tap Water Safety in Hong Kong

Can you drink the tap water in Hong Kong?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Hong Kong (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

The most commonly searched cities in Hong Kong are:

For a full list of cities in Hong Kong, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Hong Kong Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Hong Kong have access to tap water.

In 2000, 79% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Hong Kong, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 99% and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Hong Kong Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Hong Kong includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited

How Do People In Hong Kong Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Hong Kong have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility35%Moderate
Water Pollution53%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility65%High
Water Quality47%Moderate

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